From Chuks Collins, Awka
Perhaps to bouy up her spirits over the mounting stress of moves to supplant SenatorChris Ngige from the National Assembly, Gov Peter Obi literally closed down government of Anambra state yesterday when he stormed the tribunal with all his officers to keep Prof Dora Akunyili company, the stuffy court room notwithstanding.
Unfortunately, while the governor was inside the tribunal for more than five hours, all the engines of the four Jeeps in his convoy run for so long, ironically.
Akunyili who was visibly elated and more cheerful than the previous day, however politely declined comments especially on her testimony and presentation at the tribunal which lasted for only few minutes.
She was meant to testify on Tuesday, but it was shelved when her legal team saw she was not very composed and that it might negatively affect her performance. So the quickly profusely pleaded for an adjournement.
One of her star witnesses, a police Forensic examiner also took the witness box. However, his introduction was objected to by counsel to Senator Ngige, Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN)on the gorunds that the afffidavit he deposed to was neither signed nor was the depodent present to sign it in the tribunal the day it was filed, therefore his introduction did not follow the laid down process.
Chief Ngige said he and other parties in the matter were in front of the tribunal secretariat with Tribunal Secretary on Jan 9, 2012 when it did not sit because of the nationwide subsidy strike by Labour, when the unsigned documents was brought outside the court and filed in the absence of the Forensic officers who ideally should have been there to sign them